Reading the Bible is very good for us. But sometimes we just don’t know where to start. Whether you just got saved today or whether you have been a Jesus-sheep for a long time, in this article we share a few ideas on where to start reading your Bible.

Where should I read in the Bible today?

There is no right and no wrong answer to this question. The entire Bible is helpful because:

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

2 Timothy 3:16-17; NIV

So, you really can’t make a wrong decision. But simply opening the Bible and reading some passage so that you can say that you read your Bible today is usually not very helpful. So, here are a few suggestions:

  • If you just recently became saved: Romans
  • If you are afraid: Psalms 23 and 91
  • If you don’t know if God even wants you: Luke chapter 15
  • If you want to better understand the message of grace: Galatians
  • If you want to learn more about Jesus’ ministry here on earth: The Gospel of John
  • If you think reading the Bible is boring: Esther; 1 and 2 Samuel
  • If you’re afraid of inflation, famine and lack, and think God won’t provide: The story of Joseph (Genesis chapters 37 – 47)

⇒ Remember: When you are saved, you have the Holy Spirit — Your Helper. He is part of the Trinity and He is omniscient (all-knowing). So He knows exactly what you need right now. Have you asked Him for wisdom yet? Have you already asked Him what you should read? Have you asked Him to make God’s Word exciting and alive?

‘I haven’t read my Bible in a long time. Is God mad at me?’

If you haven’t read the Bible in 2 days weeks months years decades, don’t feel bad. Don’t let the devil convince you that God is mad at you. No, no, no. God is not mad at you

The Bible is spiritual food for us. No matter how long it’s been since you opened your Bible (or even if you’ve never read the Bible), God is not mad. But you are probably spiritually hungry.

Just as we get hungry when we haven’t eaten in a while, we are spiritually hungry when we haven’t read the Bible for a while.

What parent gets mad when their toddler hasn’t eaten in hours? No, the parent is more concerned that their child is not getting enough food. (Okay, if the kids haven’t eaten because they threw the spaghetti at the ceiling and their sandwich is on the floor, then we as humans may be frustrated, but our God isn’t.)

So this is how our Heavenly Father feels when we don’t read the Bible. He is not angry, not disappointed. Rather, He wants us to “eat” because God knows that reading the Bible is good for us. It makes us strong. It frees us. It calms us. It shows us how great and glorious and merciful our God is.

“Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation” (1 Peter 2:2; NIV)

Do you cry like a newborn child for God’s Word?

If you have children, you know how loud even a newborn child’s cry can be when they’re hungry.

Well, if you don’t sometimes sit on the sofa and suddenly cry out because you’re “hungry” for God’s word, then there’s nothing wrong with you. But we can understand from this example how much we need God’s Word.

‘But I don’t want to read the Bible.’

God helps here too. You don’t have to trick Him. Be honest with God. Tell Him that you just don’t feel like reading His Word, and ask for His help to give you a desire for reading the Bible.

“for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”

Philippians 2:13; NIV

And sometimes we just have to start. Get out your Bible and just start… somewhere, anywhere.

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